Have you got a box ready for your clutter?

Are you ready to choose an area to declutter?

In danger of re-cluttering? Read this…

I suggest you start by only decluttering things of little value and decide which charity shop it will go to before you start. If you walk past this shop at any time you might want to use carrier bags to declutter into – then you can simply hand the bag into the shop when it suits you. Most of the larger charity shops will send your stuff to a different location if you ask them to, so you don’t need to look at it again.

A note about Charity Bags: All you need to do is leave a full bag of clutter outside your house but be aware that the majority of the money made by selling these clothes will not go to a charity. The clothes you donate are sorted into sellable and recycling and then sold on to other companies to make money out of. The collectors pay so much to the partner charity per ton collected.

www.charitybags.org.uk says “Taking your unwanted clothes etc to a charity shop raises around 50 times more money for charity compared with giving your clothes to a typical house-to-house ‘charity’ collector !”

But, if it is difficult for you to take stuff to a charity shop yourself, a charity bag is better than it sitting around your house.

You can also:

  • Sign up to your local Freecycle, or Freegle, which ever is more active in your area. These are free and they are full of people willing to collect your unwanted stuff.
  • There are many local groups for buying, selling and giving stuff away on Facebook. Try searching for “Buy and Sell” or “Facebay” in your area. My local group is called BS5 Booty!
  • Try Preloved to sell your stuff

If you have lots of random stuff that could be sold in a yard or car boot sale but you just want it out of your house, try advertising it as ‘bag of jumble’ on Freecycle and someone else can profit from selling it.

Harder but more lucrative ways of getting rid of clutter

More Hassle, more money possibly more stress Ebay Easier now that you can list items by phone but this is still a lot of time for (in my experience) very little return and then the worry of getting bad feedback. Watch out for free listing weekends though. Etsy and Folksy Etsy has a more American audience than Folksy. On Etsy you can sell vintage clothes, fabric and furniture, on Folksy just fabric unless they have changed the rules recently. It’s 20c per item to list on Etsy, 16p to list ...
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Medium hard ways to get rid of Clutter

Medium Hassle Involved Charity Shops This involves you taking the stuff to the shop, though if you have a local one it might be worth asking if they can collect. You might want to avoid some of these if you are not happy about testing on animals  – there is a list of charities that do use animal testing here: www.peta.org.uk Also, some of the bigger charity shops have a reputation for spending more money on shops and management than on the charity. Oxfam is famous for this and the ...
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Easy ways to get rid of Clutter

Freecycle – http://uk.freecycle.org A worldwide network of people who give things away to people who collect them. Great for big things (like Pianos!) and for boxes of random crap for other people to take to a car boot sale. You need to find your local Freecycle group and join it, then you just post what you want to get rid of. Freegle http://www.ilovefreegle.org/ There are 1,462,341 Freegle members in 383 reuse groups all over the UK. It works the same way as Freecycle but in some areas is more ...
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